Giant Steps `Harry's Monster` Cabernet Blend 2008 (6 x 750mL), VIC.

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It has firm, assertive tannins with touches of dark chocolate, fresh vanilla beans, dark roasted coffee and brioche. Red berries and blueberry compote compliment a long even finish.

VIC - Yarra Valley

Expert Reviews

A Yarra Valley claret with fine, lighter red fruits and cassis - some blue notes here too - and leafy fresh complexity, chocolate and spiced French oak. The palate has a restrained style - really svelte - and supple cassis and blue fruit flavours; fine smooth tannins and an edge of ripeness to close.Rating 92 - Nick Stock, SMH Good Wine Guide 2011

Slightly leafy style with some licorice notes on the nose. Palate has length and complexity. Elegant and restrained wine with sweet/sour flavours.4 Stars - Winestate Magazine (27/09/2010)

Crimson-red; a very harmonious bouquet leads into a strongly structured palate with the black fruits duelling with the tannins in an evenly matched contest over the next decade. Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot/Cabernet Franc. Drink to 2023. Rating 94 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion Edition 2011

Of all things, I’ve been listening to v Spy v Spy as part of my recent self-imposed 80’s Australian music retrospective (I recently tickled Mattinson’s fancy by suggesting Change In Mood by Kids in the Kitchen). Harry’s Reasons (1986) is one of their better tracks, available free to download here, should you wish to partake in some Double Harry (as opposed to Deborah Harry) tasting.

Red berries, violets, a touch of mint and dried herb and quality savoury nutty mocha oak. It’s medium to full bodied with fine grained tannin and lovely flow through the mouth - not heavy. Didn’t reveal all of its charms immediately - it took over a day - at which point the points went up. Excellent. Drink 2014 to 2022.Gary Walsh, Wine Front (27/02/2010)

Harry’s Monster is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc that is only produced every 3-5 years. The grapes are all vinified separately. The best lots are selected and blended in late November, then get 18-20 months in barrel. Rating 93 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate(01/072010)

Harry's Monster showcases the Bordeaux varieties from the Yarra Valley in fine style. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, it has complex, ripe aromas of red berries and black plums, cedary spice and chocolate. It's mouth-filling and rich, with a mouth-watering balance of fruit, acid and fine tannins. 5 Stars - Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age (18/05/2010)

Medium to dark ruby in the glass, this wine has a nose of rich black cherry aromas. In the mouth it is rich and broad shouldered with dark cherry and wet earth flavors stretched across a musculature of tannin. Wet dirt and tobacco notes drive the long, aromatically sweet finish. Concentrated but very balanced. Rating around 9 - Alder Yarrow (27/04/2010)

Winery Tasting Notes

Grape Varietals

This Bordeaux blend consists of Cabernet Sauvignon (70%), Merlot (18%), Petit Verdot (8%) & Cabernet Franc (4%).


Harry's Monster shows a melange of savoury and sweet notes: a perfume of violets and cassis, dried herb and star anise with hints of earthy forest floor and dark cocoa.


It has firm, assertive tannins with touches of dark chocolate, fresh vanilla beans, dark roasted coffee and brioche. Red berries and blueberry compote compliment a long even finish.

Cellaring Potential

Grown at Sexton vineyard, these vines are planted on stony, north-facing hilltops producing this powerful, even confronting wine that will repay careful cellaring until 2015.

Medals & Trophies

2 Trophys, International Wine Challenge 2010 - Australian red blend & Yarra Valley

VIC - Yarra Valley
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Yarra Valley based vignerons, the Sexton family live in the middle of their 80 acre vineyard established on the high north face of the Warramate Ranges in the dress circle of the Yarra Valley, one hour east of Melbourne.

At Giant Steps, they explore site, micro climatic and clonal differences between several specialised vineyards in the Yarra Valley including their own multiclonal vineyard and the highly regarded Tarraford vineyard.

Focused intently upon reflecting the individual and unique characteristics of each single vineyard, Giant Steps adopts a minimalist approach to winemaking including, whenever possible, vinification using indigenous yeasts and gravity flow transfers.

When in the Yarra Valley you must stop by the winery/cellar door situated in the main street of Healesville, which offers wood fired pizzas, in-house roasted coffee, cheese, beer on tap, and of course wine.

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